How to write a thank you email after an interview (with example)

Careers Avenue - writing a thank you email after your interview is good manners and makes you stand out against other candidates.

Phew!

After attending an interview do you just wait for feedback before engaging again?

If you answered yes, you should think again and include a follow up thank you email (that is what the other candidates are doing!).

Why?

Having worked in the recruitment industry for over 20 years I am aware of hiring managers who will remove candidates from the process if they do not have the courtesy to send a follow up thank you email.

Let us be honest it is just good manners, will show your interest and will set you apart from the other candidate’s in the process.

Sending an email is great however do not send a generic one (the hiring manager will see straight through it), make sure you tailor the email to the role and company. Make sure you include everyone in the interview process and not just the hiring manager. Make everyone feel special!

You could end up having 2 or 3 interviews for the same position so send a thank you email after each interview and tailor your email to the conversation after each interview.

When?

ASAP! Whilst the interview is fresh in your mind, walk to a coffee shop or wait till you get home and type up an email explaining how much you enjoyed the interview and that you feel you are suited to the role based on XXX skills.

Use the example below;

Dear XXX,

Thank you for your time today and providing a greater insight into the duties and responsibilities for the (job title) position.

I thoroughly enjoyed the interview and after learning more it further confirmed my interest working for (company name).

I believe my skills in (name one or two skills that were discussed in the interview) would be an asset to (company name), including the work you are doing on (name a project or specific work duties discussed in the interview).

I look forward to hearing next steps and please feel free to get in touch with any questions.

All the best

(your name)

Bonus

You could go above and beyond and include a portfolio of work you have done previously which is relevant to the role you interviewed for.

A more traditional hiring manager may like a thank you note or card in the post, so for the sake of a stamp why not send one in the post as well as your email.

Conclusion

Saying thank you is just good manners so include this as part of your interview process to really stand out against other candidates. Even if you are unsuccessful in securing the role, they will remember you and will invite you to apply for future job opportunities.

Comment below if you have had success after sending a thank you email after an interview.

Author: Kaan Azmi

I have worked in the recruitment industry for over 20 years and have placed thousands of candidates in to their dream careers. I have always enjoyed passing my knowledge onto candidates to progress their careers. I provide information around CV and Coversheet writing, job search tips, interview techniques, salary negotiation, resignation letters, entrepreneurship, networking, first time jobber, graduate assessments, recruiter relationships, linkedin strategy, hiring, leadership & management, career fit, career change, career development, career goals, income & money. There are testimonials on the website and on my LinkedIn profile, please go and see the impact I have made on people's careers. My background has seen me start as a Resourcer which is where I learnt how to find candidates on job sites so I have a keen eye for a keyword in a CV. I then went onto become a Recruitment Consultant where I would engage with clients to understand their needs and deliver passive talent pools. I ended up managing teams of up to 30 individuals ensuring they achieved personal and company targets. I engage regularly on social media channels answering career based questions, feel free to look me up and connect! I am a family man, husband to Beks and father to my 3 boys. Well, 4 boys if you include Picasso our dog! Since I was a boy I have supported Liverpool FC, some would say I was a glory supporter however I started supporting them when they were not winning trophies and stuck with them through dark times. On wards and upwards and Liverpool FC are now achieving trophies on a regular basis. My aim is to help individual's with any aspect of their career, so please get in touch for more information on careers.

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